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Christopher H Beirise

Christopher H Beirise

HKA10801 W. Charleston BlvdSuite 650Las VegasNevadaUSA89135

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Thought Leaders - Construction Experts 2020

Q&A

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

The "excellent" Christopher Beirise is very widely commended for his remarkable facility to provide first-rate delay analysis.

Questions & Answers

Chris is a Partner and Co-Lead of HKA’s Construction Practice in the Americas. Chris is experienced in both damages and delay analysis and specialises in the construction, regulated utility and government contract industries. Chris has testified as an expert witness in court, domestic and international arbitrations, and presented damage and schedule delay analyses in mediation and other alternate dispute resolution proceedings. 

What attracted you to a career as a construction expert? 

When I first graduated from college, I worked in the construction industry as a cost and schedule engineer and didn’t have, or see in the future, enough client involvement. Soon thereafter, I found litigation consulting and the client involvement and putting the pieces together in complex cases is what made me jump in feet first. 

What is the most interesting construction project that you have worked on and why?

This is a really difficult question because I have worked on some really interesting projects – CityCenter in Las Vegas, Miami Dolphins Football Stadium, many Nuclear Power Plants, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Terminal D – but the most interesting job site tour was an underground cement mine, where we had to wear safety equipment related to oxygen content, took a lift to the bottom of the shaft that was just a metal grate floor, and walked around with the mining equipment active. Just a fascinating experience.

What benefits are there for clients that decide to have expert opinion on quantum and delay issues early in the disputes process? 

The earlier you can get an opinion from an outside entity, as to the strengths and weaknesses of any claim, can allow business decisions to be made to maintain good, working project relationships and keep the project team focused on constructing the project rather than building claims. I am not advocating a team of consultants from the outset, but rather a short summary review of project documents and discussion with the project team to make sure the impact is real and, if so, proper documentation is being kept; as well as helping to negotiate a resolution between the parties.

In what ways have the methods of conducting quantum analyses changed from when you started practising, and how has this impacted your practice? 

When I first started there were very few portable computers let alone laptops or cell phones and every week travel was the norm. Now you can do more on your smart phone – email, spreadsheets, virtual viewing of a project site, review of project documents – that has already reduced travel. The recent covid-19 pandemic has forced even more technological advancements in order to continue to work together remotely, but still be as efficient as we were before.

What technology does HKA have at its disposal for construction quantum and delay analysis?  

We use all schedule software, stay up to date on new products that allow easier presentations, and spreadsheet and database software are must haves. If we don’t have it, we will get it or find someone to partner with who does have the software needed.

How has covid-19 impacted quantum and delay analyses and expert representation, and what do you think its long-term ramifications will be in the market?

Covid-19 has required more virtual meetings, depositions, and mediations. It has forced the industry to think about how to perform arbitrations and trials virtually without compromising the ability to “read” the witnesses. I think long-term we will see less travel and continued increases in technological advancements. If you can get a drone to video a job site from both inside and out, do you need to visit the job site? If someone can walk the project with a live body cam do you need to visit the job site? I think live interaction is important, but clients can save on travel costs if more virtual technology is used.

What are the keys to successfully consulting for Fortune 500 companies on construction matters? 

Timely communication of your findings and analysis as they occur. Develop key points to get the decision makers together to discuss the issues and get resolution.

What advice would you give to experts hoping to one day be in your position? 

Get to know your clients and listen to their needs. Work hard and keep learning. Have fun along the way as this career is a journey and not a destination.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

The "excellent" Christopher Beirise is very widely commended for his remarkable facility to provide first-rate delay analysis. 

Biography

Christopher H Beirise is a delay and quantum expert with over 31 years of experience in the construction industry. He was the chief operating officer of The Kenrich Group prior to the company joining HKA in July 2019.
Chris has testified in courts, arbitrations and international arbitrations, delivered sworn depositions, and presented in numerous mediations, settlement negotiations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He has been engaged as an expert on schedule and/or quantum matters with a wide range of monetary values.
He has experience working on projects in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. He has worked on numerous types of projects in the construction industry, including airports, bridges, highways, tunnels, various types of buildings, power plants, railroads, stadiums, refineries and water treatment plants.
Chris is highly proficient in all methods of delay analysis, as well as analysis of project cost growth issues, including productivity, acceleration and disruption. He has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, subcontractors, design professionals and owners as well as government and state entities. Chris has taught classes for clients and in public forums on scheduling, project documentation and cost tracking.
Chris holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering and is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA), AACE International and the Project Management Institute. Prior to HKA, Chris worked at several consulting companies and began his career as a cost and schedule engineer for a construction company.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Christopher Beirise delivers over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, where he has developed an in-depth understanding of delay issues in domestic and international projects.

Biography

Christopher H Beirise is a delay and quantum expert with over 31 years of experience in the construction industry. Prior to the company joining HKA in July 2019, he was the chief operating officer of The Kenrich Group and worked at several other consulting companies. He began his career as a cost and schedule engineer for a construction company.

Chris has testified in courts, arbitrations and international arbitrations, delivered sworn depositions, and presented in numerous mediations, settlement negotiations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He has been engaged as an expert on schedule and/or quantum matters with a wide range of monetary values.

He has experience working on projects in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. He has worked on numerous types of projects in the construction industry, including airports, bridges, highways, tunnels, various types of buildings, power plants, railroads, stadiums, refineries and water treatment plants.

Chris is highly proficient in all methods of delay analysis, as well as analysis of project cost growth issues, including productivity, acceleration and disruption. He has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, subcontractors, design professionals and owners as well as government and state entities. Chris has taught classes for clients and in public forums on scheduling, project documentation and cost tracking.

Chris holds a bachelor's in civil engineering and is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA), the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE International) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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